January's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

A blizzard hitting the Northeast didn’t slow down car sales in January. In fact, the time it took to sell a new car was identical to January 2014’s rate of 42 days. As we’ve noticed during winter months — with or without blizzards — SUVs and trucks are hot.

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Fifteen of the top 20 fastest-sellers were SUVs or trucks, and there was an equal mix of luxury and mainstream models. Subaru continues to be popular, with four spots in the top 20, and Land Rover ruled too as luxury buyers bought four of its models at a quick rate. Of course the entire country wasn’t impacted by snow, and those places must be where folks were snapping up the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang convertible.

Luxury brands make up almost the entirety of the slowest-sellers’ list, with large, luxury coupes and convertibles falling out of favor, it seems. We did find one gem for luxury shoppers amongst the slow-sellers, Porsche’s Panamera E-Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid is a terrific alternative to Tesla’s Model S sedan. It starts at $99,995, including a destination fee, but knowing it takes 92 days for a Porsche dealer to sell one might put you in a better position to drive home in one for less money.

January’s Fastest-Sellers

  • 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek: 8 days
  • 2015 Land Rover Range Rover: 9 days
  • 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: 9 days
  • 2015 Audi Q3: 10 days
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: 10 days
  • 2015 Porsche Macan: 11 days
  • 2015 Subaru Outback: 12 days
  • 2015 Ford Mustang convertible: 13 days
  • 2015 Land Rover LR4: 13 days
  • 2015 Toyota Prius v: 13 days
  • 2015 Ford F-150 crew cab: 14 days
  • 2015 Lexus NX 200t: 14 days
  • 2015 Nissan Murano: 14 days
  • 2015 Toyota Highlander: 15 days
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV: 16 days
  • 2015 Subaru Impreza sedan: 16 days
  • 2015 Chevrolet Colorado extended cab: 17 days
  • 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe: 17 days
  • 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque four-door: 17 days
  • 2015 Subaru Impreza hatchback: 17 days

 

January’s Slowest-Sellers

  • 2015 Nissan GT-R: 260 days
  • 2015 BMW M6 coupe: 199 days
  • 2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive: 193 days
  • 2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid: 183 days
  • 2015 Jaguar XK convertible: 137 days
  • 2015 Jaguar XKR convertible: 124 days
  • 2015 BMW 650i Gran Coupe: 119 days
  • 2015 Jaguar F-Type S convertible: 118 days
  • 2015 Kia Forte hatchback: 107 days
  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD extended cab: 105 days

 

Cars.com Picks

  • 2015 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid: 92 days
  • 2015 Nissan Versa Note: 89 days
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage: 80 days
  • 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan: 78 days
  • 2015 Chrysler 200: 77 days

 

About the Lists

The Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars list reports the average number of days it takes to sell models from the day they arrive on the lot until the final paperwork is signed by a buyer. This is not a days-of-inventory list like you may find on other websites. With lots mostly clear of 2014 models, we look exclusively at 2015s.

For the fastest sellers, we only list vehicles that pass a certain threshold of sales in order to weed out limited editions, ultra-high-performance cars and others that might skew the numbers or otherwise inaccurately portray popularity. To highlight all slow sellers, slowest sellers have no such threshold.

Our Picks highlight cars that take a significant time before they’re sold and might be overlooked by shoppers. Dealers could be more motivated to sell these cars.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears